Chop, Sizzle, Wow; The Silver Spoon Comic Cookbook.

Author:VanHouten, Beth
Position:Book review

The Silver Spoon and Adriano Rampazzo (illustrator); CHOP, SIZZLE, WOW; Phaidon (Nonfiction: Cooking) 19.95 ISBN: 9780714868202

Byline: Beth VanHouten

This cookbook disguised as a comic book lends itself to hours of learning the art of Italian cooking in a pleasant and entertaining style.

Chop, Sizzle, Wow is a fun, colorful, and informative cookbook. Set up as an innovative comic book, these fifty step-by-step kitchen adventures educate as they entertain.

The book is divided into sections on Appetizers, Pasta, Main Courses, Desserts and Baking, and Extra Stuff, with a helpful introduction offering insight into Italian cooking and eating. The final section incorporates recipe notes, techniques such as scaling and cleaning fish, a helpful glossary, menu ideas by season or occasion, and an index. The recipes are classic Italian, including Rigatoni with Meatballs, Spaghetti Carbonara, and Tiramisu. They are all made from scratch, with simple ingredients.

Each recipe is formatted interestingly -- ingredients are listed at the top, with pictures, and a step-by-step recipe follows in comic book style blocks, illustrations, and font. There is movement and flair in the drawings, making them fun, with oil pouring into a...

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